OpenAI’s new GPT-4 is available for ChatGPT Plus users to try out. Here are the differences between the free and paid versions of ChatGPT.

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  • OpenAI’s new GPT-4 update is available for ChatGPT Plus subscribers.
  • The subscription model was launched in February and costs $20 per month.
  • Here’s what we know about the difference between ChatGPT Plus and the free version.

In February, after around two months of unlimited free use, OpenAI announced plans to monetize its viral AI chatbot, ChatGPT.

Users can still access the chatbot for free but those who pay a monthly subscription for “ChatGPT Plus” will be able to try out the updated version of ChatGPT powered by GPT-4. 

Some form of a subscription model for ChatGPT has been in the works for a while. OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman, floated the prospect in December, calling the operating costs “eye-watering” in a Twitter post

ChatGPT Plus costs $20 per month — here’s how the paid version differs from the free one. 

New features 

Users signed up for the subscription model will have access to the much-anticipated GPT-4. ChatGPT Plus had previously promised subscribers priority access to new features and improvements. 

Among other updates, GPT-4 is able to process and understand image prompts and can engage in longer conversations. OpenAI has said the update is more reliable and more creative than its popular predecessor, GPT-3.5.

CEO Sam Altman said the updated chatbot was capable of passing the bar exam and “could score a 5 on several AP exams.”

Access during peak times

ChatGPT’s huge popularity has meant some users struggle to access the chatbot when the site is particularly overloaded. Frequent users will be familiar with the “ChatGPT is at capacity now” holding page. 

However, paying users will get “general access to ChatGPT, even at peak times,” OpenAI said in a blogpost.

Faster responses

ChatGPT usually generates its responses in a matter of minutes or even seconds for simple queries. ChatGPT Plus promises an even faster response time. Sometimes the chatbot can lag with lengthy requests and users are left waiting.

It’s still unclear how powerful the paid version will be but the company is offering up the potential of speedier responses for users with time-sensitive tasks. 

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